Park Place Motorsports: VIR Wins to Woes
Park Place Motorsports and the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR crossed the finish line first in the Virginia is for Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway, but a post-race penalty bumped the No. 7 back to 12th in the GS Class of the MICHELIN Pilot Challenge series.
After taking the checkered flag in the lead, a drive-through penalty was received by the team for contact with the No. 69 McLaren when making the pass for the win. The penalty ultimately dropped the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Porsche to 12th in the GS Class.
Driver and Sponsor Alan Brynjolfsson with co-driver Trent Hindman began the race fourth after weather canceled the qualifying session, resulting in a grid set by championship points. The duo each had brilliant drives with Brynjolfsson fighting to stay with the pace of the leaders. Hindman pushed his way to the front of the field from eighth place.
In the final 15 minutes, Hindman made his charge after a restart following the third caution of the race. As soon as the green flag dropped Hindman made quick work of taking over the third position, almost even quicker was the appearance of another yellow flag for a car stopped on course. The final green gave Hindman one lap to get the job done and find his second win of the season. He easily made the pass for second and reeled in the leading McLaren. As Hindman made his pass, he made contact with the leader and sent him spinning off the track. He took the final lap awaiting the Race Directors penalty decision.
The Virginia is for Racing Lovers broadcast airs on NBCSN Aug. 30 at 10 p.m. ET. The next IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge round takes place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The weekend takes place in unison with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend Sept. 13-15. Before the event, Brynjolfsson and Hindman will take part in sprint races at Watkins Glen International Aug. 30 through Sept. 1.
“First off, I need to apologize to the Motorsports In Action team; Corey, and Jesse for being caught in my mistake today. That one is 100% percent on me,” Hindman said. “I feel terrible for Alan (Brynjolfsson) and my Park Place Motorsports family. These guys put forth a tremendous effort all weekend and especially in the race. That’s what put us in position to win and I wish I could have given us that win today by waiting a moment later.”
Mike Johnson, Director of Race Operations
"Well, that’s the first time in my career that our car was first over the line at the checker and we didn’t win," Johnson said. "Of course every weekend in NASCAR, that’s how races are won, but in IMSA you get a penalty which was deserved. Right now we all feel terrible, but we win as a team and we lose as a team and we’ll load it up and head to the next one ready for whatever comes our way."